Nature, environment, animals focus of play series at Andes


Students in grades 2 through 6 from Andes Central School will perform scenes from five plays about nature, environment and animals on Monday, Oct. 27 at 9:30 a.m. and 6:30 p.m. The production is the culmination of five classroom projects in the Empire State Partnership between Andes Central School and The Open Eye Theater, a not-for-profit professional company based in Margaretville. Project Director is the Open Eye Theater’s producing artistic director Amie Brockway. The performance will be on stage in the Andes Central School gym.
Open Eye teaching artists Sharone Stacy and Elizabeth Sherr have spent the past five weeks collaborating with ACS teachers Robin White, Margaret Tucker, Jen Ennist, Linda Belmoont and Sandra Noonan on the staging of the five short plays: Animal stories concerning friendship, “Anansi” adapted by the Zoomers, an environmental topic about the Amazon rain forest and how to protect them, “Demeter’s Sorrow” adapted from a Greek myth and a musical presentation of the scientific cycles designed by the fifth-grade students. The animal stories are about two friends and the different adventures they have together. “Antansi” is about a spider who tries to get everyone’s food without having to work for it. The Amazon rain forest play is about a man who sets out to chop down a tree in the Amazon, but becomes very tired. During his nap the rain forest animals speak to him trying to persuade him to save their great tree.
Sharone Stacy and Elizabeth Sherr have directed the student actors in developing their stage characters, discovering dramatic actions, memorizing lines and learning stage blocking.
All ACS families and the entire community are invited to the program of five plays on Monday, Oct. 27 at 9:30 a.m. or 6:30 p.m. in the Andes Central School Gym. Admission is free.